PMS acne doesn't affect everyone who has a period, since we all react to hormonal shifts in our bodies differently, but it’s actually pretty common: a study from the Archives of Dermatology found that 63% of acne-prone women experience premenstrual acne flare ups, usually about seven to ten days before their period.
It’s those lovely up-and-down hormones that can wreck havoc with our skin. Rising levels of progesterone mid-cycle can cause a build up of sebum, a thick, oily substance that acts as a natural skin lubricant. For some, this means a healthy-looking glow; for others, though, it means increased breakouts.
It’s important to note that these breakouts aren’t due to your hygiene regimen; it’s far more related to hormones, which, unfortunately, you can’t do a whole lot about. But don’t worry—there are things you can do to keep your skin healthy and happy, minimizing the effect of a PMS acne breakout! Here are some tips:
- Avoid touching your face—your hands can help spread dirt and bacteria, exactly what you don’t want during a breakout!
- Clean your cell phone regularly. Phones can store up a lot of bacteria, and if you’re not keeping your phone clean, you’re introducing that bacteria to the most vulnerable parts of your face—your jaw line and chin.
- If you’re working out at the gym, put a towel down on the mats to protect yourself from other people’s germs.
- Don’t smoke—smoking contributes to all forms of acne.
- Stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water can help flush toxins out of your body, which is great news for your skin.
- Wash your face twice a day. Make sure to avoid products that include oil. You may even want to step it up a notch and try a facial mask for added self-care and relaxation.
- Consider herbal supplements, including zinc, vitamin B6, and chaste tree berry. Chaste tree berry, incidentally, is one of the herbs in the GirlU supplement, so be sure to check that out!
PMS acne can be one of the more frustrating PMS symptoms, but there are plenty of natural options for beating it!